The first time I was was introduced to a “Reading Room” was on our visit to Orkney.
Betty’s Reading Room is located by the small ferry terminal in Tingwall, a tiny settlement on the north-east coast of Orkney’s West Mainland, which looks across the Gairsay Sound to the islands of Gairsay, Wyre and Rousay.
Betty’s Reading Room is a place that invites us to stay a while and read a book.
Craig Mollison and Jane Spiers chose to breathe life into a derelict bothy, as a tribute to their beloved friend, Betty Prictor who passed away unexpectedly in 2007.
April 2012, Betty’s Reading Room was opened to travelers waiting to catch the Ferry.
Reading Rooms are personal, a place to find ourselves with a book in hand. Most reading rooms resemble a library, a quiet space for seeking solitude and concentration. Perhaps Reading Rooms are created wherever we meet up with a story.